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ITINERARY INFORMATION

Join YPT as we head into the DPRK to partake in the massive celebrations of Kim Jong Il’s Birthday and Seollal Lunar New Year in Pyongyang!

Not only will we be visiting all the must see sights of Pyongyang city but we’ll also join in on the fireworks, traditional dancing and drinking celebration in Kim Il Sung Square! By making use of travelling from Dandong, which is the Chinese border city to the DPRK and is easily reachable from most of China, we are able to offer a great price that has you in the country for 2 nights and 3 days, which is inclusive of one full day of seeing all the main sites of Pyongyang and going out both nights of the trip.

This trip is perfect for those people already in China or those simply travelling through that do not have the time or budget to do a full trip. If you need assistance with organising accommodation in Dandong, or making your way to or from Dandong city, we’ll be happy to help book for you!

Please note: Unfortunately we are unable to take travellers using US passports on our Ultra Budget tours due to DPRK restrictions. US travellers are required to fly in and out of the DPRK. For all other travellers you must have a re-entry visa into China as there isn’t enough time to apply for a Chinese visa in Pyongyang and the 72 hour transfer visa doesn’t permit rail use.

ITINERARY

Thursday 15th February

Morning

  • Meet your YPT guide at 8:00am inside the entrance of the Dandong Railway Station to collect train ticket, DPRK visa and go through DPRK procedure
  • Board the 9:25am train from Dandong
  • 10:25am arrival in Sinuiju to go through DPRK entry procedure.
  • Ride on into Pyongyang and enjoy the beautiful countryside along the way

Afternoon

  • Optional lunch on the train (50RMB extra)
  • 5:00pm arrival in Pyongyang to be met by your guides
  • Evening city tour of Pyongyang, including us stopping at Kim Il Sung Square for a walk and pictures
  • Check into the Sosan Hotel
  • Dinner, drinks and overnight in the hotel

Friday 16th February – Seollal Lunar New Year’s Day and Day of the Shining Star (General Kim Jong Il’s Birthday)

Morning

  • Walk through Mansudae Fountain Park and see the mosaic pictures of President Kim Il Sung and the leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Visit Mansudae Grand Monument to show our respects to the President Kim Il Sung and the Leader Kim Jong Il. (Optional extra - you can present a bouquet of flowers for 5 euro).
  • Foreign Language Bookshop - shopping central for books, pins, DVD’s, CD’s and periodicals in English and other foreign languages, followed by a brisk walk to:
  • Kim Il Sung Square - the central square of Pyongyang City.

Afternoon

  • Lunch in the KITC restaurant. Here's your chance to try Pyongyang's famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles or traditional Korean Bibimap mixed rice dish.
  • Visit the recently renovated Korean War Museum. Let the expert local guide show you around the enormous museum featuring dioramas, locally used weapons, tanks, etc., and captured American equipment!
  • USS Pueblo – the only US Naval Ship still held captive by another nation.
  • Juche Tower - monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (optional 5 euros to go to the top).
  • Monument to the Party Foundation - built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the worker’s party
  • Stop by the local Mansugyo Beer Bar for refreshments - soft drinks, coffee and juices also available!
  • Dinner at the National Restaurant with performance!
  • Stop by Kim Il Sung Square to watch the fireworks with the locals
  • Taedonggang Diplomatic club - There’s local and imported drinks, karaoke, billiards, ping pong, and a great chance to meet some local Pyongyang expats.
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

Saturday 17th February

Morning

  • Check out of Sosan hotel
  • Slow drive to Pyongyang train station stopping at a few interesting places in the city for last photos
  • Board the 10:10am train to Dandong

Afternoon

  • Optional lunch on the train (50RMB extra)
  • 4:30pm arrival in Dandong
  • Tour concludes – if you need to make any accommodation or a way out of Dandong please let us know!

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